The Russian Studies Program is interdisciplinary and housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS). The program draws its principle faculty from the HCAS Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Political Science, Economics, and International Studies. Faculty from ECU professional schools such as Art and Design, Theatre and Dance, Music, and Communication, as well as the ECU Honors College also participate in the Russian Studies program. An innovative interdisciplinary approach, integrating Russian language with the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts, makes our program distinctive in the UNC system and Eastern U.S.

Russian Studies Minor (18 s.h.)
  • Two core seminars (RUSI): one of the introductory courses RUSI 2001 Humanities or 2002 Social Science or 2003 Fine Arts, and RUSI 4000 Senior Seminar in Russian Studies.
  • Electives (12 s.h.): at least one 3000 level RUSS course in Humanities from 19th/20th Cent. Russian literature in translation; Russian/Soviet film; Russian culture; special topics in media, folklore, film, or literature; intermediate/advanced Russian conversation, composition and grammar. Other electives may include courses in Social Science (HIST/ECON/POLS): Russian Medieval/Imperial/Soviet history; Russian economics; Russian/East European politics.

Interested students are encouraged to use Russian (RUSS 1001-2004) to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement for the BA degree, which makes possible not only study at a more advanced level (the 3rd and 4th years of Russian language), but also study abroad in Russia. Through the BA/BS in Multidisciplinary Studies, it is also possible to pursue a

BA Concentration in Russian Studies (30 s.h.)

The requirements for the major are the same as those for the minor with the addition of a 6 s.h. senior thesis (MULT 3500, 4999). Unless otherwise arranged, the Director of Russian Studies will act as default mentor/advisor, and students will work under the supervision of the Russian Studies Committee. Students interested in the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies: Russian Studies major should contact Dr. Elena Murenina. The director will be glad to advise students with > 3.3 GPA on options to combine a concentration in Russian Studies with a second major in another discipline.

Job Prospects for Graduates

In the multicultural and global world of the 21st century, a degree in Russian Studies offers great career opportunities in: business, law, international studies, political science, security studies, public health, social work, psychology, education, anthropology, tourism, hospitality management, art, communication, space engineering, computer science, and more.